Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on improving sentences in lone sentences and within passages. We also worked on outlining and understanding passages."
"During our session together, the student and I worked out problems from a released Algebra I test. We reviewed various types of problems - functions, word problems, and polynomials. We also reviewed some terminology: domain, range, independent, dependent variables, etc. We went over the difference between slope-intercept and point-slope form and how to use each of them. With polynomial problems, we had to remember to use "FOIL" (first, outside, inside, last) in our effort to expand our factored polynomials. This session really allowed her to refresh her memory for her Algebra 1 test tomorrow!"
"Went over score breakdown for her first test. Scheduled sessions for upcoming weeks. Went over few sample questions to see what her strengths and weaknesses are."
"The student and I worked on the quantitative section of the SSAT. He does very well with math. He is able to solve the problems quickly and efficiently with approximately 88% of the questions correct. For tomorrow night's session, we will continue to work on the math portion of the SSAT."
"We worked on reading comprehension skills today; we reviewed the types of questions and some strategies, and then we went over many passages. The student did fairly well. We'll be meeting again Thursday and reviewing the results of the reading comprehension test that he will have finished by then."
"The student and I discussed a few more vocabulary strategies, such as creating his own context for synonyms, and then we tried a vocabulary practice test. He rushed through it a little, which is something that we will work on."
"In Math, the student's main obstacle is interpreting questions. He often knows the skills needed to solve the problem, so review will be a matter of reviewing many different questions and getting used to the types of information asked by the SAT. In Critical Reading, he needs to continue reviewing vocabulary. His passage analysis skills are fairly strong, though he sometimes draws conclusions. His answers need to be grounded on what is actually in the text. Finally, the multiple-choice writing section will require more focus. He could use some review on former grammar rules (we did a mini-lesson in clauses today). We will continue to talk about new topics each session."
"I so enjoy working with the student. We went over her verbal and reading sections from the practice test. She does well with analogies as long as she knows the meanings of the words. She wrote definitions for all the words that she wasn't sure of. In the reading, she did well. She is going to do another practice test for our next meeting."
"During today's session, the student and I worked through ACT Reading problems involving the analysis of sequence; authorial tone; and methods of humanities, natural science, prose fiction, and social science/history passages."
"The students are so enjoyable to teach. They have a lot of stamina and are very willing to learn and explore new concepts, and their attitudes are top notch. We worked through the first 15 problems from SSAT Middle Level Math Diagnostic Test 1. New concepts learned: finding the mean, finding the median, finding the mode, finding range, intersection theory with Venn diagrams, union theory with Venn diagrams, slope formula for points on a graph, probability of 2 occurrences, and area of a parallelogram as plotted on a graph. I assured both of them that when a concept is new it might seem overwhelming, but that with practice it will get easier and easier. For extra practice, I assigned them some more problems which address the areas noted above. Student 1 also was assigned some extra practice with finding percentages from a decimal, converting fractions to a decimal, as well as converting decimals to a fraction. Overall an excellent session, and I look forward to meeting again tomorrow!"
"I reviewed the student's performance on his last test. He had a huge improvement in math, from 68 percentile to 86. Verbal also greatly improved. He also only skipped 2 problems on his exam. His biggest problem seems to be not being careful, as I believe if he can focus on the exam without avoidable errors, his math can easily be >90 percentile. Verbal is limited to vocabulary, and his biggest problem in reading now seems to be higher order problems such as attitude/ tone. Main idea questions have improved significantly."
"This session recapped all of the geometry we have discussed thus far. We focused on coordinate geometry and how to approach questions involving coordinate points, like midpoint. We talked through the problem set from last session, which emphasized geometry with circles and 3D objects. We ended with practice problems from the website, which are more realistic of the distribution of question types that will be present on the exam. For next session, we will start working through SAT math sections from the SAT study guide and talk about test-taking strategies."